COMPILED BY GINA SIN
DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING
NIKKO BALI RESORT AND SPA
AUSTRALIA Nikko Bali Resort and Spa announced the appointment of Joy Cartwright who was previously the resort’s director of sales and marketing as the resort’s new representative in Australia, where she will hold the position of director of sales and marketing for Australia and New Zealand.
During her one year tenure at the resort, she has engineered a tremendous amount of change and managed to bring a step up in all markets, especially Australia. Joy will also develop and maintain solid relationships with trade partners, wholesalers and retail agents, attending trade shows on behalf of the company, as well as assisting in the development of plans for the resort, focusing on Australia and New Zealand.
THE KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE
MALAYSIA The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (The Centre) has promoted Ms Alice Lem Chi Hong to sales manager – exhibitions. Ms Lem joined the Centre in July 2011 as exhibitions floor manager. In her new position, she reports to the director of sales and marketing and is responsible for implementing and delivering a commercially effective sales plan to achieve optimum venue occupancy and profitable business mix in the exhibitions division.
With more than 13 years in the meetings and events industry, Ms Lem is expected to elevate the Centre’s image and identify new opportunities for business growth in the exhibitions division.
GROUP GENERAL MANAGER
HONG KONG Bryan Gabriel is the new InterContinental Hotels Group general manager for Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island, overseeing all stages of the pre-opening and opening of the new property in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Bryan brings extensive industry experience to his new role having spent the last twenty years working on a number of high profile projects and distinctive properties throughout Asia and Australia. Among his career milestones, Bryan spent a three year period as general manager of The Establishment in Sydney, Australia, when the hotel won a number of prestigious awards, including the National Australian Hotel Association’s award for Best Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Australia.
PETER MAURICE VAN PEBORGH-GOOCH
DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING
NIKKO BALI RESORT & SPA
INDONESIA Peter Maurice van Peborgh-Gooch joins Nikko Bali Resort and Spa as the new director of sales and marketing overseeing the department and implementing the plan for the repositioning of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa as a new reference for luxury hotels. He will also execute the upcoming launch of the resort’s new facilities.
An experienced sales and marketing professional, Peter has successfully overseen the commercial side of several luxury properties in Europe, the Middle East and more recently Asia, working for top flight hotel brands such as Ritz-Carlton LLC, Savoy Group PLC and InterContinental. Prior to Nikko Bali, he was the director of sales and marketing at the Ayana (formerly the Ritz-Carlton), which is now part of the Capella Hotel Group.
THE SENTOSA, A BEAUFORT HOTEL
SINGAPORE Native British Ian Ekers, with over 20 years of hospitality experience, has been appointed general manager at The Sentosa, A Beaufort Hotel. In his new capacity, Ian will oversee the hotel’s operations.
Mr Ekers was until most recently, the general manager of PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, where he repositioned and led the hotel to achieve “Best Performer in Pan Pacific Hotel Group” in 2010. He graduated with a double major in hotel & restaurant management and information system & computer science from Brigham Young University in Hawaii.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SINGAPORE
SINGAPORE Seasoned marketing veteran Austin Watkins joins Four Seasons Hotel Singapore as the newly appointed director of marketing.
Watkins joined Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in 2003 at Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach and was director of sales and marketing at Four Season Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills since 2010 prior to his arrival in Singapore. His passion for the hospitality industry started in high school which subsequently led to over two decades of assignments spanning valet parking, housekeeping, front office and f&b departments in Hawaii, Las Vegas, Canada and California.
HONG KONG TOURISM BOARD (HKTB)
HONG KONG Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced the appointment of Kenneth Wong as general manager of MICE & Cruise. His new responsibilities will include overseeing the development and implementation of business strategies in the Meetings and Exhibitions Hong Kong (MEHK) office, leading the MEHK team to provide continued support to partners in the MICE industry and strive to bring even more international, world-class events to Hong Kong. Kenneth and his cruise team will strengthen partnership with cruise line operators and industry players to establish Hong Kong as a must-visit port in Asia, and enhance co-operation between the region’s ports so as to foster the development of the expanding tourism in Asia.
CWT REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM
SINGAPORE Steven Smith is the new senior director, CWT Meetings & Events, Asia-Pacific and will be part of the CWT regional leadership team, based in Singapore and the global CWT Meetings & Events team.
Smith will work together with Floyd Widener, global leader for CWT Meetings & Events to give Asia-Pacific customers access to CWT Meetings & Events’ global services, world-class tools and processes, while further developing specific regional expertise and best practices.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SALES
HONG KONG Zoe Clout joins Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong as assistant director of sales – MICE. An adventurous traveller who spent a year in South America where her passion for top 5-star hotels was born, Zoe brings to her new role over 8 years of experience in 5-star hotels and event planning, focusing on the dynamic MICE market. As a newcomer in Hong Kong, she loves everything the city has to offer from after-work entertainment, weekend hiking trips to some of the best foods in the world.
DOUBLETREE RESORT BY HILTON PHUKET – SURIN BEACH
THAILAND Hilton Worldwide announced the appointment of Simon McGrath as general manager for the recently-opened DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Phuket – Surin Beach, Thailand. As general manager, McGrath will oversee day-to-day operations at the resort and drive the property’s business strategy as it establishes its brand in the region.
McGrath’s career in hospitality spans over 30 years and was most recently director of business development at Hilton Adelaide in Australia. His career began in 1985 at a suburban hotel in Sydney, Australia while attending catering college. Since then, he has taken on a variety of senior management positions at hotels and resorts in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore. McGrath holds a graduate certificate in Hotel Management from the University of South Australia, and has completed the General Managers Program of the Australian Graduate School of Management.
GROUP DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING
PHUKET BEACH RESORT
THAILAND Following a major renovation, soon to be opened Outrigger Phuket Beach Resort announced the appointment of Selina Chan as director of sales and marketing. A Malaysian national, Ms Chan has a 27-year history in hospitality marketing and sales in Asia and Australia.
Prior to joining Outrigger, Ms Chan was group director of sales & marketing for Mangrove Tree Resort in Sanya, Hainan, China. She brings extensive senior experience with YTL Resorts (Malaysia), Travelocity, Zuji, Asia Web Direct, Reliancetravel.com, assorted hotel companies, and Air Vanuatu, where she was part of the start-up team.
PR & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
MALAYSIA CONVENTION & EXHIBITION BUREAU’S (MYCEB)
MALAYSIA Shazrina Othman joins Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s (MyCEB) communications team as the new PR & communications manager.
Shazrina will spearhead MyCEB’s communications department in line with its vision to become Asia’s model Bureau. “I am excited to be a part of this dynamic team and look forward to bringing fresh ideas to MyCEB and the industry as a whole,” said Shazrina. Shazrina holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the prestigious University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.